Ntemi Piliso

In the early 1950s, Bra Ntemi's Alexandra All Star Band was at the cutting edge of the new music of urban South Africa, blending African American music with the sounds and ethos of township life. Ntemi’s African Jazz Pioneers, formed more than 50 years before his death, survived the apartheid era and, after 1990, started to headline jazz venues and festivals all over Africa, Japan, Europe and Australia. Bra Ntemi was also a prolific composer with a deep sense of social responsibility.